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Liss Llewellyn Fine Art in association with Peyton Skipwith are delighted to present the collection of the late Alan M. Fortunoff (1933-2000), a retail visionary, who transformed the Fortunoff Department Store, and aided the appreciation of Modern British Art in Northern America.
In the year of Mr. Fortunoff’s death, Fortunoff Fine Jewelry and Silverware was ranked as one of the largest privately owned companies in the New York Metropolitan area, and is estimated to have achieved revenues of $455 million. Such wealth allowed him to invest in art for both private and commercial use, and during frequent visits to London for trade fairs, he set about building a collection of unique strength and character.
The pictures that Mr. Fortunoff assembled reveal the quality of his eye, as well as the judiciousness on his part to collect and deal in Modern British Art at a period when the market for American Realist Painting was proving increasingly immoderate. Many of these paintings have not been exhibited for several decades, including early works by figures such as Maxwell Armfield (1881-1972) and Christopher Nevinson (1889-1946) who would later rise to prominence in America. The collection thus provides a snapshot of the tastes and spirit of a business pioneer, whilst bearing a curious, transatlantic relevance.

Artist John Linnel: Portrait of a Young Man, 1829
John Linnel
Portrait of a Young Man, 1829  For sale
£8750
Artist Frank Brangwyn: The Galleon, c. 1923
Frank Brangwyn
The Galleon, c. 1923  For sale
£2300
Artist George Henry Sheringham: Across the Yellow River and The Far Pagoda
George Henry Sheringham
Across the Yellow River and The Far...  For sale
£7500
Artist Leonard Appelbee: Yellow Roses 1962
Leonard Appelbee
Yellow Roses 1962  For sale
£1400
Artist Edwin John Alexander: Peacock, 1899
Edwin John Alexander
Peacock, 1899  For sale 
Artist Robert Anning Bell: Sabina
Robert Anning Bell
Sabina  For sale
£12500
Artist Stanley Roy Badmin: The Keeper’s Cottage, Stanstead Forest, 1946
Stanley Roy Badmin
The Keeper’s Cottage  For sale
£1850
Artist Robert Austin: The little Bouquet
Robert Austin
The little Bouquet  For sale
£1000
Artist James McBey: The Quay, MacDuff, 3 September 1914
James McBey
The Quay, MacDuff, 3 September 1914  For sale
£1200
Artist George Henry Sheringham: The Opal Room
George Henry Sheringham
The Opal Room  For sale
£975
Artist Maxwell Armfield: Profile portrait of a Navaho Indian
Maxwell Armfield
Profile portrait of a Navaho Indian  For sale 
Artist Frank Bramley: Daffodils, 1886
Frank Bramley
Daffodils, 1886  For sale 
Artist James Stuart Park: Geraniums
James Stuart Park
Geraniums  For sale
£7000
Artist Alphonse Legros: Head Study
Alphonse Legros
Head Study  For sale
£9750
Artist Graham Walford Robertson: Daisy
Graham Walford Robertson
Daisy  For sale
£12000
Artist William Strang: The Opera Cloak, 1913
William Strang
The Opera Cloak, 1913  For sale 
Artist E McKnight Kauffer: Poster for the Empire Marketing Board, 1926
E McKnight Kauffer
Poster for the Empire Marketing Board  For sale
£5500
Artist Annie French: Rose Gatherers
Annie French
Rose Gatherers  For sale
£4000
Artist Annie French: The Offering to the Bride (or Homage to the Queen)
Annie French
The Offering to the Bride (or Homage...  For sale
£4000
Artist Gilbert Spencer: Apples in a Basket circa 1913
Gilbert Spencer
Apples in a Basket circa 1913  For sale
£8500
Artist Maxwell Armfield: Pot of Delfts Blue
Maxwell Armfield
Pot of Delfts Blue  For sale
£3500
Artist Mortimer L. Menpes: Market Day Peru
Mortimer L. Menpes
Market Day Peru  For sale
£3500
Artist Jessie Bayes: The ivory mouse , circa 1942
Jessie Bayes
The ivory mouse , circa 1942  For sale
£3500
Artist Maxwell Armfield: Pacific Portrait, c.1915–22
Maxwell Armfield
Pacific Portrait, c.1915–22  Reserved 
Artist Adrian Allinson: The Four Seasons, Autumn in the Cotswolds
Adrian Allinson
The Four Seasons  Reserved 
Artist Adrian Allinson: The Four Seasons; Summer on the South Coast
Adrian Allinson
The Four Seasons; Summer on the...  Reserved 
Artist Adrian Allinson: The Four Seasons; Spring in Mallorca
Adrian Allinson
The Four Seasons; Spring in Mallorca  Reserved 
Artist Adrian Allinson: The Four Seasons; Winter in the Alps
Adrian Allinson
The Four Seasons; Winter in the Alps  Reserved 
Artist Ella Casella: A Renaissance Lady
Ella Casella
A Renaissance Lady  For sale 
Artist Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson: Third Avenue, Elevated Railway, 1920
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson
Third Avenue, Elevated Railway, 1920  Sold 
Artist Jessie Marion King: By the Lily Pond
Jessie Marion King
By the Lily Pond  Sold 
Artist Edward Julius Detmold: Exotic Birds
Edward Julius Detmold
Exotic Birds  Sold 
Artist Walter Crane: Boats in an Italian Harbour
Walter Crane
Boats in an Italian Harbour  Sold 
Artist Charles Haslewood Shannon: Woman at a Table
Charles Haslewood Shannon
Woman at a Table  Sold 
Artist Norah Neilson Gray: Young Woman with Cat
Norah Neilson Gray
Young Woman with Cat  Sold 
Artist Mark Gertler: Homage to Roger Fry
Mark Gertler
Homage to Roger Fry  Sold 
Artist Frederick Sandys: Persephone, 1878
Frederick Sandys
Persephone, 1878  Sold 
Artist William Strang: The Listener, 1916
William Strang
The Listener, 1916  Sold 
Artist William Orpen: Mother Feeding her Child, 1903
William Orpen
Mother Feeding her Child, 1903  Sold 
Artist Margaret Gere: Partings at Paddington, 1948
Margaret Gere
Partings at Paddington, 1948  Sold 
Artist Maxwell Armfield: Datura in Bronze
Maxwell Armfield
Datura in Bronze  Sold 
Artist Maxwell Armfield: As the crackling of thorns under a pot..., circa 1920
Maxwell Armfield
As the crackling of thorns under a...  Sold 
Artist Maxwell Armfield: Winter Wood
Maxwell Armfield
Winter Wood  Sold 
Artist Maxwell Armfield: Still Life, Grand Canyon, 1917
Maxwell Armfield
Still Life, Grand Canyon, 1917  Sold